Bridging the Justice Gap
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Special Projects

The Collaborative Community Law Initiative
The Collaborative Community Law Initiative is a planned incubator for recent graduates of Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law.  Lawyers at the Initiative will serve low income clients who do not qualify for existing pro bono or reduced fee programs.  Envisioned and facilitated by Call for Justice, LLC, the Initiative intends to open in mid-2015 with offices in Saint Paul.

The Collaborative Community Law Initiative has two equally important purposes. First, it will teach recent graduates from Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law basic skills necessary to establish small community-based law practices serving low income clients. Second, the Initiative will increase the availability of affordable legal services to a client population which is financially ineligible for legal assistance through existing Twin Cities legal nonprofits.

Law schools and bar associations across the country are experimenting with similar projects. However, our goal is to make the Initiative unique in the level of outreach, support, and service it will provide to the community.

Questions may be directed to Virginia (Ginny) A. Bell, Interim Executive Director, ginnyannbell@comcast.net. 612-308-4631.

See the new CCLI Facebook Page and stay tuned for more information on this important innovative project!

The Jeremiah Collaboration
The Jeremiah Collaboration was formed in 2012, when the Lindquist & Vennum and Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi law firms agreed to provide pro bono attorneys to the Jeremiah Program, which seeks to eliminate inter-generational poverty affecting women and children. Jeremiah operates two residential/programming facilities—one in Minneapolis, another in St. Paul. The collaboration was envisioned, and then facilitated, by Call for Justice, LLC (“C4J”), and logistical support was offered by the Volunteer Lawyer’s Network in the form of: a streamlined online process for scheduling and sending client information and paperwork to law firm attorneys; providing legal form templates; collecting and compiling service data; providing templates for outcome measurement; and offering malpractice insurance.

To date, over 80 women and their children have regular access to attorneys through the campus’s relationships with their respective firms, and this dynamic model continues to demonstrate how this multifaceted collaboration is a groundbreaking new way in which legal access can be delivered to those in need.

To learn more about this project, read: “The Jeremiah Program–A Snapshot” (November 2013)

Volunteer Interpreters List
The Volunteer Interpreters/Translators List is a compilation of 23 volunteer interpreters throughout the Twin Cities representing 13 different languages. This list was created in 2012 after it was brought to C4J’s attention that many social services and legal aid organizations in the Twin Cities had indicated a pressing need for volunteer interpreters and document translators on an ongoing basis.

Volunteers on this list have the opportunity to work with attorneys and social service providers in a wide field of interests—from domestic abuse or human trafficking survivors to translating key legal documents to helping lawyers conduct interviews, and do not need to be court certified to assist. If you are interested in the services of a volunteer interpreter/translator, or would like to volunteer your own interpreting services, please contact Lynn at lynn.hu@callforjustice.org or call 612-333-4000.